The San Bruno Park School District recently received a $1,900 grant to help students improve their reading skills over the summer months.
The grant, which was given by the San Bruno Education Foundation, will fund a Reading Counts program that will enable kids to take tests about books they have read.
Since all students are assigned summer reading and Reading Counts tests are taken once school starts, the goal of the program is to improve the students' performance during the regular school year by making sure they comprehend the books they are required to read before the school year starts.
"Since this is something used by all students in the district, it is a perfect fit for the foundation," foundation President Pat Flynn said about the summer reading program.
Because of the grant, the program will offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. from June 12 through August 9 at . A teacher will supervise the students as they take the Reading Counts tests. The teacher will stay for the 10 minutes to 20 minutes it takes for each student to complete the test.
Last year, more than 275 students participated in the program, Flynn said.